Norfolk Daily News | Erin Bell
|STACIE SCHAECHER (left) and Carolyn Kielty pose together the night before the kidney transplant.|
The greatest gift Carolyn Kielty's received this Christmas is her kidney.
But it's not really hers, she said, and it never truly will be.
It's Stacie Schaecher's.It's Stacie Schaecher's.
Carolyn began suffering from renal failure in 2013, eventually needing a kidney transplant. Despite members of both her and her husband's family being tested, she couldn't find a suitable match.
Her chances were slim at finding a live donor — 4-5 percent of the population are able to be one and blood relatives are typically the best candidates. But a live donation has a higher success rate — with the organ lasting about 15-20 years — than transplants from a cadaver.
Carolyn was about to go on dialysis with her kidney operating at 15 percent when Stacie decided to make a call to learn more about organ donations.Carolyn was about to go on dialysis with her kidney operating at 15 percent when Stacie decided to make a call to learn more about organ donations. Continue reading